About the camera-trap competition
Substance and style complement each other in our gallery of the winners of the BBC Wildlife camera-trap competition – captivating images depicting endangered armadillos, territorial cats and hungry ferret-badgers.
In an age when the threats facing the world’s animals are growing faster than the funds available to study and protect them, conservation needs help.
Fortunately, the rapid development of camera-trap technology has proved a huge benefit. As equipment has become cheaper, more durable, more portable and able to capture ever more detailed images, the digital remote camera has evolved to become one of the most powerful tools in the scientist’s armoury.
Rangers and researchers scour habitats for signs of rare species, but camera-traps can go further than merely counting pugmarks and scats in assessing wildlife populations and movement, feeding habits and territories. Crucially, they enable scientists to identify individual animals and even depict previously unknown species and behaviour.
The annual BBC Wildlife Camera-Trap Photo of the Year competition does more than merely celebrate aesthetics or even innovation.
Since the contest was launched in 2010, we have provided funding for many key projects, highlighting the importance of such images – and the efforts of the field researchers who captured them.
HALL OF FAME
As always, the entries – more than 850 in total, from spots as far apart as Argentina and Bangladesh, Borneo and Hawaii – were fascinating for the diverse locations and areas of research, as well as the novel photos themselves.
The striking image of a hunting dormouse, captured in Turkey by Halim Yalçın Diker for a project funded by the Wildlife Research Association, is a worthy Overall and New Discoveries Category Winner, securing the top prize of £3,000.
Meanwhile the winners of the Animal Behaviour and Animal Portraits categories – each claiming a £1,000 prize – are a photo of a scent-marking snow leopard, taken by Juan Li in Qinghai, China, and a truly spectacular portrait of an Amur tiger captured by Linda Kerley for a ZSL project in Russia’s Far East.
In the British Wildlife category, Jamie Hall’s study of a fox wins him a top-of-the-range Páramo Halcon jacket worth £330.
Celebrating and rewarding conservation initiatives is at the heart of this competition’s ethos; the prizes – courtesy of the World Land Trust and Enterprise Plants go to the winning projects, not the individual photographers.
|Overall winner and New Discoveries winner: Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse by Halim Yalçın Diker/Yer Yediuyuru Yok Olmasın, Turkey.|
|New Discoveries runner-up: Baby giant armadilllo by Arnaud Desbiez/Pantanal Giant Armadillo Project, Brazil.|
|New Discoveries runner-up: Wolf den by Mark Chynoweth/KuzeyDoğa Society, eastern Turkey.|
|New Discoveries runner-up: Horned guan with pollen on its beak by Javier Antípatro Rivas Romero, Guatemala.|
|New Discoveries commended: Indo-Chinese tiger by Paul Thompson/EnviroSEA, Thailand.|
|New Discoveries commended: Caucasian lynx and cub by Mark Chynoweth/KuzeyDoğa Society, eastern Turkey.|
|British Wildlife winner: Red fox, Epping, by Jamie Hall.|
|British Wildlife commended: Otter, Devon, by Stephen Powles.|
|British Wildlife commended: Red fox, Bristol, by Joanne Dorning/Mammal Research Unit, University of Bristol.|
|Animal Portraits winner: Amur tiger by Linda Kerley/Amur Tiger Conservation in Lazovskii Zapovednik and Adjacent Areas – ZSL, Russian Far East.|
|Animal Portraits runner-up: Black bear by Arthur Veitch/Willmore Wilderness Foundation, Canada.|
|Animal portraits runner-up: Cougar by Arthur Veitch/Willmore Wilderness Foundation, Canada.|
|Animal Portraits runner-up: Tiger by Bivash Pandav/Landscape Ecology of Large Mammals in Shivalik Terai Landscape, Wildlife Institute of India.|
|Animal Portraits commended: Tasmanian devil by Heath Holden, Tasmania.|
|Animal portraits commended: Snow leopard by Juan Li/Peking University and Shanshui Conservation Center, Sanjiangyuan region, Tibetan Plateau.|
|Animal Portraits commended: Chimpanzees by Nicolas Tubbs/ARTP and GRNP, Sierra Leone.|
|Animal Portraits commended: Rusty-margined guan by Leonardo Merçon/Últimos Refúgios, Brazil.|
|Animal Portraits commended: Cougar by Arthur Veitch/Willmore Wilderness Foundation, Canada.|
|Animal Behaviour winner: Snow leopard scent-marking by Juan Li/Peking University and Shanshui Conservation Center, Sanjiangyuan region, Tibetan Plateau.|
|Animal Behaviour runner-up: Ferret badger with snake by Xiao Shibai/The Ark, China.|
|Animal behaviour runner-up: Tiger chasing sambar by Bivash Pandav/Ecology of Large Mammals in Shivalik Terai Landscape, Wildlife Institute of India.|
|Animal Behaviour runner-up: Cougar feeding by Mark Elbroch and Neal Wight/Teton Cougar Project – Panthera, USA.|
|Animal Behaviour commended: Red fox carrying roe deer carcass by Fridolin Zimmermann/KORA – Carnivore Ecology and Wildlife Management, Switzerland.|
|Animal Behaviour commended: Giant armadillo by Arnaud Desbiez/Pantanal Giant Armadillo Project, Brazil.|
|Animal Behaviour commended: Greater galago by Nobesuthu Ngwenya/African Wildlife Conservation Fund, Zimbabwe.|
|Animal Behaviour commended: Badger carrying young by Fridolin Zimmermann/KORA – Carnivore Ecology and Wildlife Management, Switzerland.|
|Animal Behaviour commended: Arabian tahr females drinking by Steve Ross/The Arabian Tahr Ecosystem Research, Conservation and Community Project, Oman.|